Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Don't Let Debi Austin Die In Vain

Debi Austin Anti Smoking Advocate Passes Away At 62

This is Deborah "Debi" Austin.  She was the lady who smoked through a hole in her throat and talked about smoking being addictive.  Remember her?  I know I do!

"They say nicotine isn't addictive." She says right before taking a drag!

Here's the best part of her thought process prior to agreeing to do the commercial which I found on

"Do I want to stand up in front of the entire state and tell them that I lost my voice because I couldn't control my addiction? I don't think so."
When I read that, I knew it had to part of my blog.  That's the whole purpose of my book, How To Stop Smoking Without Killing Anyone.  It's to get control of your addiction.  I hated being under the influence of a controlled substance and that I literally had to schedule my day, my week, my LIFE around cigarettes.  Fuh-get-about-it!

I took back control and believe or not, so did Debi.  She died in the non-smoking section.  Below is a video where you can see her warrior spirit and her valor.  She was a 2-3 pack a day smoker who started when she was 13.  While living with cancer for 20 years, Debi became a person who, in her cut short life, courageously and selflessly saved countless lives and inspired a multitude to take back control of their addiction.  Make sure you watch the whole thing because the end is the most powerful part.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Failure Is An Option

The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 Coach Chael Sonnen. delivered the following wisdom to Uriah Hall before he KOed Adam Cella.

"When doubt sinks in you got two roads you can take.  Either road, left or right...  and they're gonna tell you, 'failure is not an option.'  That is ridiculous!  Failure is always an option.  Failure is the most readily available option at all times but it's a choice..."

I found this applicable to all walks of life, not just MMA.

How will you, the person looking to stop smoking, kick a habit or achieve a specific level of success in your life, use this wisdom?  What exactly is success for you?  What then does failure mean to you?

Now then to add to the power of this concept, I am reminded of Grant Cardone's recent blog post where Grant literally releases you from the very possibility of failure by telling us that, "The only way you can fail is if you quit."

So, if failure is an option and the only way you can fail is when you quit, then I here-by anoint you, indestructible.